36th Annual Minority Health Conference: Economic Mobility and Minority Health
February 27, 2015
William T. Small Keynote speaker: Dr. William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr.
Samuel Du Bois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics; Director, Duke Consortium on Social Equity, Duke University
Victor J. Schoenbach Keynote speaker: Dr. Allison E. Aiello
Professor of Epidemiology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health
For additional information on this year’s conference, please visit the Minority Health Conference Website
The Annual Minority Health Conference was launched by the Minority Student Conference in 1977 and has been conducted nearly every year since then. Major objectives are to highlight health issues of concern to people of color and to attract students interested in minority health to the School. Initially the Conference was held in Rosenau Auditorium in the School of Public Health, but when attendance increased to 300-400 during the 1990’s, the Conference moved to the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center.
Planning and implementation of the Conference are led by the School’s Minority Student Caucus, which designates the chair of the Planning Committee each year. The Planning Committee includes representatives of the sponsoring organizations (the Caucus, Dean’s Office, NC Institute of Public Health,Minority Health Project) and student volunteers. The Conference is co-sponsored by various organizations in and outside the University (see co- sponsors for each year’s conference).
In 1999, Dean William Roper named the Keynote Lecture after William T. Small Jr., Associate Dean and Senior Advisor for Multicultural Affairs, who for over a quarter of a century worked on behalf of and won the respect and affection of public health students – enrolled students, former students, and prospective students, and their families – as well as faculty, staff, and administrators. (Dr. Roper’s remarks [DOC]).
Also in 1999 the Minority Health Project began organizing webcasts of the Annual William T. Small Jr. Keynote Lecture, and in 2001 added a satellite broadcast with support from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. In 2009, student organizations at five other public health schools presented the broadcast of the Annual William T. Small Jr. Keynote Lecture in conjunction with their own events, including the 1st Annual Minority Health in the Midwest Conference at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Since then, “partner conferences” have become a regular feature.